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ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship: Reflections from ARLIS/NA 2018

As a new library director at Pacific Northwest College of Art, a small, independent art college, it’s essential to my college and my professional development that I am able to attend the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Adjacent to the conference, there is an annual meeting of library directors from the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD), a consortium of 42 art schools in the US and Canada. This year’s ACRL-Oregon Professional Development award supported my attendance at this preeminent conference for librarians in my field and allowed me to meet up with other AICAD Directors. In addition, it was my goal to eat as much New York pizza as possible, as I believe it is superior to all other pizza.  

My first day in New York was the AICAD library directors’ meeting at the School of Visual Arts library. I met several colleagues for the first time and we discussed timely issues to our communities including diversity and inclusion initiatives, overdue fines, our annual data reports, budgets, and future projects. It was enlightening and validating to speak with other directors, many of whom experience similar challenges in their institutions.

From there, I raced to Midtown to the conference hotel to attend the workshop, “From the Margins to the Center: Cultivating a Critical, Reflective, and Radical Practice in Art Librarianship,” lead by librarians from around the country who have been influential in incorporating critical pedagogy into library instruction. At PNCA we have been seeking more ways to include social justice work in every aspect of library services; this workshop allowed us to reflect on our current practices, what we seek for the future, and how best to serve our community. By the end of Sunday, I had eaten four slices of pizza.

The next day, the full conference began and I attended an interesting session on “Crashing the IR Party: Artists as scholars in Institutional Repositories.” My library developed, maintains, and acquires work by our community for our institutional repository, Mimi. Each presenter shared their challenges and triumphs in their varied experiences and I was most particularly interested in discussions around how to achieve buy-in from stakeholders. It seems that more institutions are collecting scholarship by artists and seeing how different platforms handle visual media was very informational.

Next, I attended a meeting of the Book Arts Special Interest Group, a new one for me. I was interested in hearing how other libraries and museums collect and provide access to artists’ publications in all forms. We discussed cataloging, acquisitions, and housing these collections as well. I got to see one of my favorite booksellers and artists, Marshall Weber, Collection Development Curator & Artist at Booklyn. This organization supports artists and activists and provides exhibition space in New York.

In 2017, a task force was formed to update the “Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines,” and Linden How, my coworker at PNCA, joined this group. At the conference she presented their recent iteration of this document that drew from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. In this workshop format, we provided feedback and asked questions. I am excited that this work is being done and look forward to seeing the new competencies next year. Today’s pizza slice count: 2.

Between sessions, I perused the posters including an interesting one about pest management and disaster planning. I visited the vendor hall and purchased a few excellent titles from Purgatory Pie Press. They make artists’ publications that take a variety of physical forms and utilize diverse printmaking techniques, and which make great teaching tools. (I have already shared these publications twice with students and will be presenting them to the PNCA Alumni Council in June!)

Next, I moderated a session for my group, the Public Policy Committee (PPC), entitled “Libraries Resist!” where librarians from across the country shared how their programming, students, and exhibitions participate in activism. The session was heavily attended and a lively discussion followed. I was proud to represent the PPC and moderate a session that challenges the way libraries, librarians, and institutions engage in resistance to threats to our professional values and ethics. Among other activities, the PPC “monitors governmental activities affecting art libraries and visual resources collections; drafts position statements on legislative issues consistent with ARLIS/NA’s interests for review and action by the Executive Board… and educates the membership on these issues.” You can find the PPC’s monthly News Alerts (of which I am the new editor) here: https://arlisna.org/news/public-policy-news-alerts I only ate one slice of pizza today, but it was really good.

Workshop of Robert Campin, Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), 1427-32, Oil on oak

Workshop of Robert Campin, Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), 1427-32, Oil on oak. The Cloisters Collection, 1956. Image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

After an enriching and busy conference, I spent a personal day at the Met Cloisters, the arm of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is “dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe,” and houses the famous Unicorn Tapestries and several illustrated manuscripts including the The Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry. I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream to spend a day with the treasures of the Cloisters, especially the Annunciation Triptych (Merode Altarpiece), by the workshop of Robert Campin. It is an exquisite example of early Netherlandish painting and I have spent years studying it; It was an unforgettable event to see it in person. Pizza slices eaten: 0, but I did eat many dumplings.

For more information about ACRL-OR’s professional development scholarship, contact us at acrlor@olaweb.org


“We need to elevate & recognize”: Past ACRL-OR Awards for Excellence revisited!

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence recognizes a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. Help us recognize the great work of our colleagues — your nominations matter!

This year’s nominations are open! We’re checking in with past recipients to get project updates and hear what the award meant for them. One of the 2012 awards went to the Journal for Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. We asked project rep Isaac Gilman to reflect on the award and to give us an update on the status of the project.

What did receiving this award mean to you or your team?

We received the award about a year after we started the journal, so it was great to have some early affirmation that others saw what we were doing as interesting and important (it wasn’t just us!)

How has this project evolved or changed since receiving the award?

The journal is still being published, although it is in the hands of new editors now. The fundamental structure and approach of the journal haven’t changed, but we did migrate publishing platforms in 2016.

What’s happening in or around our profession that you’re really excited about?

There is (rightly) concern about the consolidation of scholarly communication infrastructure (e.g. publishing, repositories, activity tracking, citations, research metrics, etc) in the hands of large commercial interests, and the movement that has started to create an alternative, collaborative open infrastructure is quite interesting. But I’m excited about another kind of consolidation that I think is good—more and more, we’re seeing academic libraries take on responsibility for additional academic student services. Bringing these into the library creates new opportunities to better coordinate traditional library services with these other areas, which can have a positive impact for students, and can help ensure students know about, and use, services that can help them succeed.

Why should someone nominate a project for the ACRL-OR Award for Excellence?

There are, of course, exceptions, but I generally find that people who work in libraries are quite humble about their achievements. There is incredible work going on all around us, and we need to elevate it and recognize it, especially for our colleagues who would never dream of doing that for themselves! And nominating projects for this award brings them additional visibility, which can lead to new collaborations as well.

More information on the nomination process and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website. The nomination period closes at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018.

Personal Librarian & FYE Conference: A Reflection

As the academic year comes to an end and planning begins for the next, I’d like to stop and take a few moments to again say thank you to ACRL-Oregon for awarding me a professional development scholarship. The scholarship was for my attendance at the Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Library Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Personal Librarian & First Year Experience Librarian Conference was definitely a worthwhile experience. I walked away with some very applicable information my library will incorporate this fall as we launch the second year of the Concordia University Personal Librarian program.

The conference sessions seemed to focus on one of two main ideas. The first idea was the practical implementation of such programs and what helps lead to their success; the second idea was the potential implications and results of student outreach. While the practical tips were the most tangible takeaways, what I valued the most was the reminder of the importance that just one positive interaction between a faculty member and a student can have on that student. To paraphrase one of the keynote speakers, “[A]t the end of the day, this still is a people business.” These are ideas that resonate throughout all of higher education.

Overall, I believe what I learned lends itself to broader initiatives at my institution, as well as to colleges and universities statewide, because the bottom line is about student success and retention. Those two themes are at the very heart of Personal Librarian & First Year Experience programs; it’s all about outreach. Everyone in higher education is striving to provide students with meaningful experiences that challenge their thinking and inspire them to become the best that they can be.

Ultimately, there were way too many great ideas to implement all at once or that may not apply specifically to my particular university, but as we continue our planning for our personal librarian program, we will be influenced by what I learned at the conference. I have had the opportunity to share with my fellow Concordia librarians about my experience as well as the librarians at George Fox University. They currently are considering implementing a similar program at their library, so I was able to directly reference a number of tips I learned from the conference.  My ultimate goal will be to continue to improve our program, gather data, and present at a local conference on the successes we’ve had.

Thank you again for a wonderful opportunity.

Kim Olson-Charles
Reference & Instruction Librarian
Concordia University – Portland

Congratulations to the Winners of the ACRL-Oregon School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the recipients of funding for the current cycle of the ACRL-Oregon School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship: Richenda Hawkins of Linn-Benton Community College and Jean Gritter of West Albany High School. This scholarship was created to foster collaboration between academic librarians and school librarians.

Richenda Hawkins

Richenda Hawkins, Linn-Benton Community College

Jran Gritter

Jean Gritter, West Albany High School

The goal of their project is to identify which OASL and ACRL information literacy standards and indicators are being taught in writing and speech/communication classes at Linn-Benton Community College (LBCC) and local high schools, and to gather, create, and share related curriculum resources. Ms. Gritter has already been working with local school librarians to define the scope and sequence of IL skills taught at the high schools; LBCC librarians have been mapping IL-related learning outcomes taught in LBCC writing and communication classes and working with faculty to increase outcomes attainment. This project will combine those efforts to bring together the information and resources to improve IL skills in grades 9-16 in Linn and Benton counties.

Hawkins and Gritter will work on this project over the next year. They plan to upload resources they create – lesson plans, activities, and tutorials — to the Community Archive, LBCC’s institutional repository; these resources will also be created with Creative Commons open licensing. They plan to disseminate their project results during school district professional learning days, college department meetings, and at the 2019 OLA conference.

Our congratulations to Richenda Hawkins and Jean Gritter. We look forward to your successful collaboration and to seeing the outcomes of this work!

“Receiving this award was an honor”: Past ACRL-OR Awards for Excellence revisited!

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence recognizes a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship. Help us recognize the work of our colleagues — your nominations matter!

As this year’s nominations open, we’re checking in with past recipients to get project updates and hear what the award meant for them. The 2016 award went to the Open Oregon Educational Resources project . We caught up with project rep Amy Hofer to reflect on the award and the status of the project.

  1. What did receiving this award mean to you or your team?

Receiving this award was an honor. Recognition from my Oregon library peers, an awesome bunch of librarians, really means so much to me. Coming just a year after John Schoppert at Columbia Gorge Community College received the Award for Excellence for his OER efforts shows that our community cares deeply about access to resources and student success.

  1. How has this project evolved or changed since receiving the award?

Open Oregon Educational Resources started in 2015 with my hire as the OER Librarian for Oregon’s 17 community colleges. Starting this year, the state is adding the 7 public universities to my docket as well.  

  1. What’s an excellent thing happening in or around our profession that you’re really excited about?

Librarians are the leaders when it comes to textbook affordability. Our roles and work are changing to accommodate different aspects of OER projects. At the same time, there is more public discussion of work-life balance and understanding that we can’t just keep adding to our already-full plates. We have a real opportunity to evolve sustainably.

  1. Why should someone nominate a project for the ACRL-OR Award for Excellence?

Because it’s always a good feeling to bring attention to good work!

More information on the nomination process and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website. The nomination period closes at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018.


ACRL-OR Award for Excellence: Now Accepting Nominations

The ACRL-Oregon board is now accepting nominations for the Award for Excellence.

What does the award acknowledge?

The ACRL-Oregon Award for Excellence shall be given to recognize a project that demonstrates excellence in the field by significantly improving Oregon academic libraries or librarianship.

Who is eligible?

  • Any individual or group in Oregon may apply or be nominated. Individuals or groups that include at least one employee of an academic library may be given priority consideration.
  • Initiative or project that is the basis of the nomination must have occurred in the previous three years.
  • This is not a lifetime achievement award.
  • ACRL-Oregon membership is NOT required.
  • Nominee or nominated group may include a member of the ACRL-Oregon Board; however they must recuse themselves from the voting process.

What does the award cover?

  • An engraved plaque
  • Recognition at the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference
  • One paid registration for the recipient to attend the ACRL-Oregon/Washington Fall Conference

More information and past winners can be found on the ACRL-Oregon website.  The nomination period will close at 11:59pm on August 31, 2018.  Submit a nomination now.

For questions, please contact:

Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon President

Congratulations to ACRL-OR Professional Development Scholarship recipients!

ACRL Oregon and Scholarship Committee are happy to announce two recipients for this round of the Professional Development Scholarship. They are:

Serenity Ibsen, from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Serenity will be attending the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference as a director representing the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD). While there, she will attend workshops on cultivating critical, reflective, and radical pedagogical practices in art librarianship.

Additionally, knowledge gained from attendance at ARLIS/NA will help Serenity as a member of the accreditation team for her college to develop a systematized information literacy plan.

Stephanie Debner, from the University of Western States. Stephanie is attending the 2018 Institute on Supporting Clinical Care, where she will learn more about evidence-based clinical practices (EBCP) for health science librarians. Having a strong understanding of this topic is essential step towards learning how to meet student needs and skill acquisition.

Stephanie will apply the experience of what she learns to the classroom and one-on-one student teaching.

Congratulations again to Serenity and Stephanie!


Apply Today: ACRL-Oregon School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship

ACRL-Oregon seeks to foster collaboration between academic librarians and school librarians. The role of school librarians is vitally important and is in many ways interrelated with the work of academic librarians and the students we all serve.  This year ACRL-OR has up to $1000.00 of scholarship funds still available to support projects.

How can the scholarship be used?
This funding opportunity covers any collaboration between at least one school librarian and at least one academic librarian that the applicant(s) can make a good case for. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Sponsorship to attend, exhibit, or present at a relevant conference (OASL, regional conferences, or others)
  • Creation of programming, such as a conference, workshop, unconference, or pre-conference
  • Work on a collaborative research project
  •  Something else we haven’t thought of!

Examples of past awards include:

Who is eligible?

  • All Oregon academic and certified teacher librarians who are employed in a school library
  • Preference will be given to teams that include at least one ACRL-Oregon member and one OASL member in good standing
  • Preference will also be given to applicants who have not previously received a School/Academic Librarian Collaboration Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon

Who is not eligible?
Academic and school librarians outside of Oregon (unless part of a team of collaborators that includes at least one Oregon librarian).

How will applications be evaluated?
Reviewers will look for applications that:

  • Have at least one applicant who is a member of ACRL-Oregon and one who is a member of OASL
  • Demonstrate meaningful collaboration between school and academic librarians
  • Have the potential to favorably influence information literacy awareness/education in Oregon

Applications are due by Sunday, April 1, 2018.  Apply online here.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Silver
ACRL-Oregon President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University

Sign up to attend ACRL-Oregon-sponsored Preconferences at OLA

OLA Conference posterACRL-Oregon is sponsoring two Preconferences at the Oregon Library Association Conference that will be of interest to academic librarians across the state. Please consider signing up for one or both of them!

Portland Community College librarian Pam Kessinger will be leading a panel with faculty from PCC’s Developmental Education program to explore “Metacognition and Reading Strategies to Bridge Students Toward Inquiry.” Librarians who teach will learn how the Reading Apprenticeship framework as well as our own ACRL Framework for Information Literacy can be used to develop meaningful information literacy instruction. This session is co-sponsored with the Library Instruction Round Table. 

In August 2017, ACRL-Oregon awarded Maureen Flanagan Battistella a professional development award to attend the American Association of State and Local History conference. Maureen’s attendance there was part of an ongoing project in partnership with colleagues at Southern Oregon University, Hannon Library, Jackson County Library, and others to  create “unique digital collections that tell the stories of Southern Oregon.”

Interested in learning more about Maureen’s research and how to engage your own community via an oral history project? Sign up to attend the pre-conference session she is leading, “How to Document Oregon’s Thousand Points of Life: Techniques and Technologies to Engage Your Community Using an Oral History Project” with a fantastic panel of university faculty and librarians.

Interested in having your own conference, workshop, or professional development project funded? Apply for an ACRL-Oregon professional development award now! Deadline for next consideration is February 28, 2018.


Reminder: Professional Development Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Thanks to a one-time matching-fund grant from the State Library of Oregon, ACRL-Oregon is able to offer up to $500 for each award for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Applications are accepted at three points throughout the year (see below for specific deadlines); we are currently soliciting applications for the February 28 deadline. Applications will be reviewed within two weeks after the application deadline.

How can the scholarship be used?  

The ACRL-Oregon Professional Development Scholarship may be used toward conferences, workshops, courses, seminars, or other learning opportunities (including e-learning opportunities) appropriate to the applicant. The funding priority is registration and transportation costs incurred by the applicant.

For examples of how past recipients have used their awards, see these posts on the ACRL-Oregon blog:

  • Kim Olson-Charles, Personal Librarian and First-Year Experience conference
  • Maureen Flanagan Battistella, American Association for State and Local History conference, presentation on digital collections of local history
  • Kate Rubick, ACRL national conference, panel presentation on library-faculty teaching collaboration using BEAM
  • Darci Adolf, e-course on copyright

Professional Development Scholarships will not be awarded for ACRL-OR/WA Fall Conference attendance as this annual event has its own scholarships.

Who is eligible?

  • All ACRL-Oregon members in good standing.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received a Professional Development Scholarship from ACRL-Oregon.

Who is not eligible?

Non ACRL-Oregon members.

How will applications be evaluated?

Please visit our FAQ page, which contains our evaluation rubrics and answers to frequently asked questions.

How do I apply?

Apply for the scholarship using this online form.


Applications will be accepted at three points throughout the 2017-2018 year:

  • February 28
  • April 30
  • November 30 (done)

For more information, contact the ACRL-OR Board President:

Steve Silver
ACRL-OR President, 2017-2018
Northwest Christian University